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Gaelic first for parents
Baby's hand
The baby girl was named Aoife
A Scottish couple have been granted their request to have their baby daughter's name registered in Gaelic.

Austin and Eleni Boyle, from Wester Ross, were the first people in Scotland to register a full name in the language.

The family were initially told by the General Register Office for Scotland that they were not allowed to register the name in Gaelic as it was considered a minority language.

The Boyles were told they would have to convert their baby's name, Aoife (pronounced Eefa) NicBhaoile to English before it could be accepted.

Mr Boyle protested, and following an investigation by the office in Edinburgh, it was decided that the rules did in fact allow the use of Gaelic.

Gaelic is a living language and a part of Scotland's diverse culture.
Peter Peacock

Mr Boyle said he was suprised to discover that it was even an issue and had originally thought that it was an error at the register office.

The minister responsible for culture in Scotland, Peter Peacock, said: "Gaelic is a living language and a part of Scotland's diverse culture.

"I am pleased that this has been quickly cleared up and that Mr Boyle and others are now free to register their children's names in Gaelic as only seems right and proper."

Mr Boyle, who also has a five-year-old son called Hamish, said he was delighted with the u-turn.

He said the outcome was "a huge boost" for the 1,500 year-old language which is still very much a part of Scottish life and culture and is spoken by an estimated 60,000 Scots.


SEE ALSO:
MSPs approve Gaelic bill
06 Mar 03  |  Scotland
The mother tongue lives on
13 Feb 03  |  Scotland


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